TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE POLICY
TSBVI adopts and implements this policy requiring the integration of trauma-informed practices in each school environment. TSBVI must include this policy in the district improvement plan required under Education Code 11.252 [see BQ].
The policy uses:
- Resources developed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to:
- Increase staff and parent awareness of trauma-informed care; and
- Implement trauma-informed practices and care by TSBVI staff; and
- Available counseling options for students affected by trauma or grief.
Education Code 38.036(a)–(b)
The methods for increasing awareness and implementation of trauma-informed care must include training as provided below. The training must be provided:
- Through a program selected from the list of recommended best practice-based programs and research-based practices established under Health and Safety Code 161.325;
- As part of any new employee orientation for all new TSBVI educators; and
- To existing educators at the School on a schedule adopted by TEA that requires educators to be trained at intervals necessary to keep educators informed of developments in the field.
For any training under this provision, TSBVI shall maintain records that include the name of each staff member who participated in the training.
If TSBVI determines that the School does not have sufficient resources to provide the training required under this provision, TSBVI may partner with a community mental health organization to provide training that meets the requirements at no cost to the School.
Education Code 38.036(c)–(d), (f)
REPORTING TO TEA
TSBVI shall report annually to TEA the following information for the School as a whole:
- The number of teachers, principals, and counselors employed who have completed training under this provision; and
- The total number of teachers, principals, and counselors employed by TSBVI.
Education Code 38.036(e)